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Don Laments Failure Of NUC, JAMB, Wants Them Scrapped

Posted: Jan 26, 2016 at 6:44 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Felix Igbekoyi
Correspondent, Asaba
 A university Don, Prof. John Okpako Enaowho has called for the scrapping of the National University
Commission (NUC) and Joint Admission Matriculation Board JAMB in order to avoid retrogression in education in Nigeria.
Speaking at a 2-day Delta state education summit which opened in Asaba on Tuesday, Enaowho, delivering his paper “Formal Planning Development in Nigeria education: The paradox of autonomy and dependence” stated that the principle of true federalism should be applied in the administration of tertiary institutions of the country,
The two-day summit is aimed at repositioning Education in Delta state with emphasis on improved teaching methods, innovation, better learning outcomes, community involvement and social transformation.
Discussing on the funding challenges in the universities,  the former vice chancellor of University of Port-Harcourt said universities can generate fund for self-sustenance.

While condemning the centralization powers of NUC the don stated that by scrapping JAMB, universities can admit as many students as possible to enable them generate money to operate independently.

He cited the United States of America which has 8 of the best 10 universities in the world that have free hands to operate, adding that education should be removed from the shoulders of the federal government as it has so much at hand. 

Chairman of the occasion, Chief Afe Babalola, (SAN) who was represented by Prof. Isreal Aruboloye of Afe Babalola University Ado-Ekiti, suggested that members of the public should be encouraged to endow university for research and also assist indigent brilliant students.

The erudite lawyer was of the view that missionary schools should also be encouraged by federal and State governments to establish institutions where morals and characters are given a pride of place.

He lamented the extent of damage on missionary schools by state governments on the altar of free education.
In his key note address, educationist and Professor Emeritus, Prof. Pai Obayan said the nation educational policy has been of hopping and failure to jump as the sector has been faulty for a long time.

The don explained the importance of Education Management Information System where stakeholders in the sector should play their roles to enable the nation have the appropriate data.

On funding, Prof. Obayan queried the huge investment by federal and State government on education adding that the cost of maintaining bureaucracy was more than what was spent on classroom and training teachers.

While declaring the summit open, Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa said the summit was to examine, evaluate and re-engineer the educational system in the state with emphasis on teaching excellence, innovation, better learning outcomes, community involvement and social transformation.

There are 1,113 public primary schools with total enrolment of 370,611 while the number of public secondary schools stands at 446 with 262,242 students, the governor said adding that in the private sector category, there are 1548 nursery/primary schools and 758 secondary schools.
“I believe that all children deserve a chance to achieve their full potential in life which can only happen when they are given the right kind of education that is not only based on universal access but also anchored on innovation, rigorous standards, teaching excellence, digital learning and continuous improvement”,
According to Governor Okowa, funding gaps, out-dated curriculum, lack of continuous teachers’ education and inadequate participation of parents and community leaders in the education system are part of the challenges confronting the education sector in the state. 
He charged participants at the summit to evolve ways of meeting the challenges and promised his government’s commitment to give education the priority it deserves.
“Our goal is to provide the best education available for every student with strong emphasis on science, vocational and technical education, as we hope to harness the power of technology to empower our children with rigorous, high quality, customized education necessary for them to thrive in today’s dynamic market place.”
This, he said, is to avoid the scenario of the prevalence of high school leavers and adults who do not possess the knowledge and critical thinking skills required for the technically complex job of the 21st century.